SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott marched for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the San Francisco 49ers 40-10 Sunday at Levi Stadium.
Elliott also managed to catch a 72-yard pass for a touchdown, his only catch of the game.
The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York granted Elliott a temporary restraining on his six-game suspension from the NFL. The second-year running back took advantage of it with a 1-yard touchdown to help the Cowboys (3-3) take an early 7-0 lead over San Francisco (0-7).
Elliott later galloped for a 25-yard score to give the Cowboys a 14-0 edge after a 49ers three-and-out. He later caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dak Prescott, who finished going 16-of-25 for 234 yards and three touchdowns.
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard made his first career start, completing 22-of-38 for 235 and rushing five times for 30 yards and a touchdown. The Dallas defense harassed him all day with five sacks. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence reclaimed the league lead with nine total sacks when he sacked Beathard on a second-and-goal from the Cowboys 5-yard line with 46 seconds until halftime. Lawrence forced a fumble and recovered it at the San Francisco 19-yard line to wipe out the 49ers’ chance for points.
Dallas tight end Jason Witten hauled in an 18-yard, one-handed catch for Dallas to increase their lead 20-3 over San Francisco with 10:33 in the second quarter. The touchdown moved Witten into third place all-time on the Cowboys receiving touchdown list with 66 grabs, one ahead of Hall-of-Fame receiver Michael Irvin. Teammate Dez Bryant also moved up the ranks with a 2-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter that tied him with Hall-of-Famer receiver Bob Hayes for the most receiving touchdowns in Cowboys history.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey strained his groin in the second quarter, forcing safety Jeff Heath to try extra points and handle kickoff duties. Heath hit two extra points, becoming the first non-specialist to make multiple extra points since 1980 when Houston Oilers linebacker Ted Thompson went 4-of-4.
Dallas Cowboys 40
San Francisco 49ers 10
Summary — The Dallas run game gained 265 yards and the defense and special teams produced a 49ers turnover apiece as the Cowboys prevailed 40-10.
Turning point — Lawrence’s sack-fumble on second-and-goal from the Dallas 5-yard line. San Francisco was driving to pull within 10 before halftime, and the turnover wiped away points whatsoever.
Stat — Elliott tallied 190 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on 19 first-down touches.
NFL Week 7 Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers
Cowboys – 14 6 13 7 40
49ers – 3 0 0 7 10
DAL — Elliott 1 run (Bailey kick), 12:42
DAL — Elliott 25 run (Bailey kick), 7:57
SF — Gould 42 kick, 4:33
DAL — Witten 18 pass from Prescott (pass failed), 10:33
DAL — Elliott 72 pass from Prescott (Heath kick), 11:12
DAL — Prescott 2 run (kick failed), 0:46
DAL — Bryant 2 pass from Prescott (Heath kick), 10:54
SF — Beathard 4 run (Gould kick), 7:19